TEHRAN -- An Iranian theater troupe will perform “For What do the Bells Toll?”, a play based on two Chinese folktales, at Tehran’s Hafez Hall in mid May.
Dramatist Rahmat Amini wrote the play based on two 13th century Chinese folktales, “Snow in Midsummer” and “The Weaving of a Dream”.
Hassan Varasteh will direct the play whose cast will include Ana Nemati, Siamak Safari and Farzin Mohaddes.
Both Chinese stories are about women and I will try to stage the play in Chinese style, Varasteh told the Persian service of ISNA.
He said that the actors will play several roles during the play.
“Snow in Midsummer”, which is originally named “Dou E Yuan”, is a Chinese play written by Guan Hanqing during the Yuan Dynasty.
It is the story of a widowed young woman who faithfully takes care of her mother-in-law but the old lady commits suicide in hopes that her daughter-in-law will live a better life as a result. However the daughter-in-law is placed under a suspicion of poisoning her mother-in-law and is executed.
“The Weaving of a Dream” is about a widow who supported her sons by weaving exquisite brocades. Inspired by a painting, she spends three years weaving her dreams into brocade, only to have it stolen by fairies from Sun Mountain. Her sons then set out on a magical journey to retrieve it.
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